[IPython-dev] Should I still contribute to IPython ?

MinRK benjaminrk@gmail....
Mon Dec 17 19:23:55 CST 2012


We always want more contributions!

I think the biggest and simplest reason to continue contributions is that
one of the major limiting factors for new contributions is core devs'
available time for reviewing PRs,
and helping contributors out with their code.  One of the major benefits
of the funding is that we should have much more time for that starting in
January (up from effectively zero for some of us).

If anything, the experience of new contributors should be *better* during
this time,
because they will get more core dev response and attention.

-MinRK


On Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM, Gael Varoquaux <
gael.varoquaux@normalesup.org> wrote:

> It's a natural question that comes to mind:
>
>     Some people have more time, paid time, than me to contribute to a
>     project. They naturally know the code base better and are more
> efficient
>     when working on the project. Why should I contribute?
>
> The reason that I will keep contributing to projects even if I am not
> core dev and the core devs are doing an excellent job is because the sum
> of those 'minor' contributions are what makes an open source project
> fantastic. The unique thing about open source is that it is powered by
> users for their own needs. One works on the minor feature that makes his
> life easier. Those pile up, and the project ends up with a different
> feeling than a project developed by professionals.
>
> This is why over and over open source software answers problems better
> than software built by software giants. By giving up your option to
> contribute, you would be giving up what makes open source software rock.
>
> My 2 cents,
>
> Gaël
>
> PS: this is also why, as a researcher drowning under all kind of work, I
> fight to keep some time to do software.
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